Seagulls fall at first hurdle in FA Trophy

Tim ChannonFirst Team

THE Seagulls bowed out of the lucrative  FA Trophy at the first hurdle with a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Burscough.

In a scrappy first half in which the two keepers only had one save each to make, Burscough took the lead a minute before half-time when left wing back Matty Devine dribbled into the area before pulling the ball back for Jon Conway to score.

Colwyn Bay improved when they brought Joe Newton and Rob Hopley on in the second half and they had enough chances late on to have forced at least a replay – but couldn’t take any of them.

Luke Denson missed the target with two excellent opportunities from eight yards, Cory Williams was wayward with a couple of other  half chances and Hopley had a header well held by the home keeper.

Burscough, who famously won the competition in 2003 and had former Seagull and new signing Karl Noon playing up front,  rarely tested Bay keeper Shaun Pearson.

Manager Kevin Lynch admitted: “It is very disappointing to go out of the competition when it means so much financially to the club, and once again it is a mistake and lapse in concentration for their goal which has led to our downfall.

“Apart for their goal they have not really troubled us. We’ve been on top and on another day should have scored two or three goals.

“That’s football. We go back to the training ground and keep working to turn things round. ”

He added: “I’ve had three games now to assess the squad and will be working over the next few days to try and bring in three or four new players to freshen things up, give us all a lift and make us better .”

Colwyn Bay: Shaun Pearson, Shaun Dowling, Mike Lea, Sam Barnes, Jordan Fagbola, Luke Denson, Robbie Booth (Rob Hopley 59 mins), Carl Rodgers, Lloyd Ellams (Joe Newton 45mins), John Marsden, Cory Williams. Subs not used: James Graham, Zac Corbett, Glenn Matthews.

Attendance: 156